Google Places Training---<br />Presented by <br />Cara Callaghan – Online Training Manager<br />@avvioinc<br />www.avvio.c...
Google Places<br />What is Google Places?<br />Google Places is a business listing page within Google's Maps service. With...
Why it’s important?<br />Benefits of Google Places<br />Google states that 1 out of 5 searches on Google is related to a l...
How does Google collect this data?<br />Third Party Sites<br />Google will sometimes rely on the information provided on t...
Where to Start?<br />Search for your Business:<br />Simply go to http://maps.google.com and search for the name of your bu...
What Info will you need?<br />Google Places Guidelines http://www.google.com/support/places/<br />The Official Business Na...
Unclaimed Listing<br />
Owner Verified Listing<br />For new clients ask them for their Google Places log in so we can take over managing their lis...
Adding Your Listing<br />If you didn't find your listing, then you'll need to add it to Google directly. Simply go to http...
Adding Your Listing<br />You will then see the following screen below.<br />When you add your phone number Google will che...
7. The next screen is where you input all the information about your business.<br />As you fill the form out, you will not...
Listing Information Guidelines<br />An inappropriate title would include your services and a description.<br />For hotels ...
Verifying Your Listing<br />This can be done in one of three ways:<br />Postcard – Selecting this option will prompt Googl...
Status of Listing<br />Flagged – This means the listing is awaiting review.<br />2.	Disapproved – Content in the listing w...
Factors that Affect Rankings<br />Detailed Information - A comprehensive listing will rank higher than one with little inf...
Advanced Tactics<br />Categories – Use this tool to check which categories Google Places has available.  There are ones av...
Dashboard<br />The Dashboard gives valuable insights like:<br /><ul><li>No. of impressions
No. of clicks
Top search queries - The top Google search queries for which your business listing appeared, along with the number of time...
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  1. 1. Google Places Training---<br />Presented by <br />Cara Callaghan – Online Training Manager<br />@avvioinc<br />www.avvio.com<br />
  2. 2. Google Places<br />What is Google Places?<br />Google Places is a business listing page within Google's Maps service. Within Google Maps, a user can find products or services offered by local businesses; as well as transportation directions and business information.<br />Recent changes in Google's search engine will now show the Maps listings with a great deal of emphasis; pushing the “organic” listings down the page.<br />
  3. 3. Why it’s important?<br />Benefits of Google Places<br />Google states that 1 out of 5 searches on Google is related to a location.<br />It will drive extra organic traffic to your site if you rank well.<br />If you own a business that provides services or products to consumers in your local area, and you need to gain more visibility to those consumers online, then Google Places is where you need to be.<br />The traffic from Google Places often converts at a much higher rate than organic traffic.<br />
  4. 4. How does Google collect this data?<br />Third Party Sites<br />Google will sometimes rely on the information provided on third-party websites with business listings.<br />They crawl the sites, find business listings and pull them into Google Maps.<br />This can result in incorrect business listings and duplicate information.<br />Direct Submissions<br />The listing gets created by someone in the company who has the authorisation.<br />Being that other websites could be incorrect or out-dated, the information you provide directly to Google will always take priority.<br />
  5. 5. Where to Start?<br />Search for your Business:<br />Simply go to http://maps.google.com and search for the name of your business.<br />Try your street address and phone number. Also, go ahead and try a few “common” searches one of your customers might make.<br />If you find your Business:<br />Take a look at the info and note any corrections that need to be made.<br />Make a note of any additional listings that might exist.<br />Check if the listing has been claimed<br />
  6. 6. What Info will you need?<br />Google Places Guidelines http://www.google.com/support/places/<br />The Official Business Name (don’t use abbreviations)<br />Physical Address – get full address from website<br />Phone Number<br />Email Address<br />Website Address<br />Business Category (Can select up to 5 e.g. Hotel, Wedding, Conference...)<br />Images (use the best ones available in the Avvio Media Centre, from the hotel or check Google Images).<br />Video (use if available)<br />Gather Additional Details e.g. Is Parking available, leisure centre etc<br />
  7. 7. Unclaimed Listing<br />
  8. 8. Owner Verified Listing<br />For new clients ask them for their Google Places log in so we can take over managing their listings.<br />
  9. 9. Adding Your Listing<br />If you didn't find your listing, then you'll need to add it to Google directly. Simply go to http://www.google.com/local/add/businessCenter and you will be met with a login screen. If you don't already have a Google account login, then you'll have to create a new account.<br />Go to ‘Add Another Business’ link or ‘List Your Business if its the first time.<br />
  10. 10. Adding Your Listing<br />You will then see the following screen below.<br />When you add your phone number Google will check if it has any listings that are matched to this.<br />If it finds a duplicate and this is your business, you can simply click the “Edit” button to continue. If this isn't your business, click the “Add a new listing” button.<br />If you found a listing during your initial search, you just have to click the “Business owner?” link, and the process will continue as normal.<br />
  11. 11. 7. The next screen is where you input all the information about your business.<br />As you fill the form out, you will notice that the map on the right updates with each piece of your address completed. When you're done with your address, make sure the marker is in the correct location, and continue <br /> to the next part of the process.<br />
  12. 12. Listing Information Guidelines<br />An inappropriate title would include your services and a description.<br />For hotels give the phone number of the front desk and not just a reservations telephone.<br />Email address – make sure its one that is responded to.<br />Description – give detail on the services your business provides e.g. Spa, wedding, conference etc.<br />Include at least 1 category from their list and you can add up to 4 customised ones yourself if you wish.<br />Payment Options – check the ‘Hotel Profile’ on Avvio back end for this info.<br />Photos & Videos – with the videos you can upload up to 5 but they need to be uploaded to YouTube first. <br />Additional Details – Add parking info, Menus, Reservations URL, Special Offers etc. Enter the name and url.<br />
  13. 13. Verifying Your Listing<br />This can be done in one of three ways:<br />Postcard – Selecting this option will prompt Google to send a postcard to the address you specified with an include PIN. When you finally receive this card (usually in about 3 weeks) head back to your listing and input the PIN provided.<br />Phone Call – This option will cause Google to call the phone number you provided with a recorded system providing your PIN. This usually takes about 10 seconds. Ensure a person picks up the phone & not automated service if using this option. Its a new PIN every time <br />Text Message – Google also offers you the option of receiving a text message with your 13 digit verification PIN included. Again, this takes just a few moments.<br />
  14. 14. Status of Listing<br />Flagged – This means the listing is awaiting review.<br />2. Disapproved – Content in the listing was rejected and is awaiting verification.<br />
  15. 15. Factors that Affect Rankings<br />Detailed Information - A comprehensive listing will rank higher than one with little information. Once the details are completed, rankings improve almost immediately.<br />City Centre Proximity - Though the importance of this factor seems to have tapered off a bit, your location in relation to the centre of the city or region is important as well.<br />Citations and Reviews <br />A citation is simply a listing for your business on another site, including the business name, phone number and address. We simply need places that will list our business with the address and phone number we provide.<br />Any site that allows a user to submit a review of your product or service will also play a role in your rankings. Google, wanting to have all the information they can, will crawl review sites and include some reviews in your Google Places page.<br />Third Party Listings - Increase the number of mentions your business has on other websites. This can include submitting your business to an online directory, or creating a social media profile for your business e.g. Facebook & Twitter.<br />
  16. 16. Advanced Tactics<br />Categories – Use this tool to check which categories Google Places has available. There are ones available that are relevant to your business you may not be aware of http://www.blumenthals.com/index.php?Google_LBC_Categories<br />You can add custom categories here but don't place the city in your categories either. This is already figured out by Google in your listing. <br />Additional Details - You can also specify specific details about the products or services you offer in the “Additional Details” section. There are 2 columns, the first for the Detail, and the second for information on that detail. For example, a hotel could list their check in and check out times by putting “Check In” in the first row<br /> of the first column and the time in the first row of the second column; then placing “Check Out” in the second row of the second column, and the time in the second row of the second column. (NOT UTILISING THIS ENOUGH)<br />3. Linking to your Site - You can actually place links to specific pages on your site using the “Additional Details” fields e.g. Conference Page, Wedding Page etc. These links will then appear in your listing.<br />
  17. 17. Dashboard<br />The Dashboard gives valuable insights like:<br /><ul><li>No. of impressions
  18. 18. No. of clicks
  19. 19. Top search queries - The top Google search queries for which your business listing appeared, along with the number of times users saw your business listing in the search results for those queries.
  20. 20. Actions:</li></ul>How many times users showed interest in your business listing:<br /><ul><li>Clicks for more info on Maps
  21. 21. Clicks to your website</li></li></ul><li>Other Advice<br />Fintan has advised against doing a bulk upload for places in Ireland as the Bulk Upload tool currently has trouble with Irish postcodes (or the lack thereof). He is working closely with the teams in Mountain view to resolve this for the next release. <br />Google launch a new version of Maps every few weeks so this may impact listings.<br />Fintan is happy to take any instances from us of examples of Irish Places accounts not working correctly.<br />Google Places Help Centre http://www.google.com/support/places/bin/topic.py?topic=28059<br /> Google Places YouTube Channel <br />  http://www.youtube.com/user/GooglePlaces#p/u/21/bxoCVn7zVfs<br />
  22. 22. Thank you.<br />Follow us on @avvioinc<br />Questions to training@avvio.com<br />

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